Saturday, September 25, 2010

Harry Potter and the Socerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling

Book Description:
Say you've spent the first 10 years of your life sleeping under the stairs of a family who loathes you. Then, in an absurd, magical twist of fate you find yourself surrounded by wizards, a caged snowy owl, a phoenix-feather wand, and jellybeans that come in every flavor, including strawberry, curry, grass, and sardine. Not only that, but you discover that you are a wizard yourself! This is exactly what happens to young Harry Potter in J. K. Rowling's enchanting, funny debut novel, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. In the nonmagic human world--the world of "Muggles"--Harry is a nobody, treated like dirt by the aunt and uncle who begrudgingly inherited him when his parents were killed by the evil Voldemort. But in the world of wizards, small, skinny Harry is famous as a survivor of the wizard who tried to kill him. He is left only with a lightning-bolt scar on his forehead, curiously refined sensibilities, and a host of mysterious powers to remind him that he's quite, yes, altogether different from his aunt, uncle, and spoiled, piglike cousin Dudley.
My Thoughts:
This is a very interesting story. Harry is an adorable boy who quickly wins your heart because of all he's had to endure just because he is different. Even when he goes to a place where he fits in, he has problems....just like would be the case with kids of any age! He works hard and is continually managing to get into scrapes because of his inbred curiosity. He has a couple of side-kicks who become good friends. The fact that Harry has been kept in the dark about his abilities...and how his family perished....just makes him more loveable. As Harry begins to learn how to use his powers, he is plagued by kids who don't like how famous he is just because of WHO he is....and by someone? who is "out to get him".
I rate this book 4/5. It is very interesting and well written. The story holds your attention from beginning to end.

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